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Yearning for learning

April 26, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

When James Castoro founded Custom Aluminum Products in 1960, the company’s premise was simple and concise: It produced aluminum products, mainly storm windows and storm doors. It was a good time to be in the business—the baby boom was in full swing, and the U.S. population was...

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Sustainable jobs need sustainable growth

April 25, 2011 | By Tim Heston

In May 2009, as I merged onto a congested I-94, driving from the airport to the ALAW Advanced Laser Applications Workshop outside Detroit, I saw a billboard for W Industries, a local metal fabricator. Not only was it odd seeing a contract fabricator advertised so prominently, but the sign’s...

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GTAW electrode selection and preparation

April 25, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

Selecting the right tungsten electrode, and preparing it to match the welding process, aren't just good ideas to maximize welder productivity. They are necessary to prevent weld defects and all the time necessary for troubleshooting and rework.

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ESAB to relocate GMAW, sub-arc wire manufacturing to South Carolina

April 25, 2011

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced a commitment to open a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Union County, S.C., to manufacture its line of GMAW and sub-arc welding wire. The company intends to invest significant capital in the 250,000-sq.-ft. facility and employ more...

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Dual-unit electric servo pump doubles output volume - TheFabricator.com

Dual-unit electric servo pump doubles output volume

April 25, 2011

TECHNI Waterjet™ has released the QUANTUM ESP Electric Servo Pump™ dual unit for its QUANTUM ESP55 and ESP66 waterjet cutting systems. The dual unit doubles the output volume of the single models. It allows the waterjet to cut with a single large cutting head or two standard cutting...

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CenterLine (Windsor) wins 2011 Business Excellence Award - TheFabricator.com

CenterLine (Windsor) wins 2011 Business Excellence Award

April 25, 2011

CenterLine (Windsor) Ltd., Windsor, Ont., has announced that it has won a Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011 Business Excellence Award in the product innovation category. The company designs, manufactures, and supplies products and services for welding, metal forming, and cold...

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A.T. Wall celebrates 125th anniversary

April 25, 2011

A.T. Wall Co., Warwick, R.I., is celebrating its 125th year in business. From its founding in 1886 as a jewelry finding manufacturer, the company has grown and expanded to become a global supplier of seamless, cold-drawn, specialty tubing; waveguide tubing; and metal stampings, including drawn and...

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Plasma, oxyfuel machine designed for cutting over large working areas - TheFabricator.com

Plasma, oxyfuel machine designed for cutting over large working areas

April 25, 2011

ESAB Cutting Systems has introduced the Sabre DXG heavy-duty cutting machine for high-production plasma and oxyfuel cutting over large working areas. The modular machine features a high-stiffness welded beam assembly with dual linear ways, digital AC drives, and heavy-duty gearboxes. The gantry...

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Sharpe Products acquires fifth all-electric tube bender

April 25, 2011

Sharpe Products, New Berlin, Wis., has purchased its fifth all-electric tube bending machine, a 90-mm Lang bender. The machine can bend up to 3.5-in.-OD tube and features multiradius stacking and rolling capabilities. According to the company, the bender delivers high accuracy and repeatability,...

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Ophir gets new name, expands facilities

April 25, 2011

Ophir Photonics, formerly known as Ophir Laser Measurement Group, has announced the expansion of its U.S. manufacturing and distribution facility in Logan, Utah. The plant, now 30 percent larger, features beam profiling design, manufacturing, testing, service, and a power and energy service and...

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ASTM presents Award of Merit to Michael Gold

April 25, 2011

ASTM Intl. Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Alloys, W. Conshohocken, Pa., has presented consultant Michael Gold of Gold Metallurgical Services LLC, North Benton, Ohio, with the ASTM Award of Merit. The Award of Merit, which includes the accompanying title of fellow, is ASTM's highest...

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Autodarkening filter offers one-touch mode adjustment - TheFabricator.com

Autodarkening filter offers one-touch mode adjustment

April 25, 2011

Kimberly-Clark Professional has introduced the Jackson Safety W60 TrueSight, a new autodarkening filter (ADF) for welders that offers one-touch mode adjustment, intuitive digital controls, and improved visibility. According to the company, the ADF is the only one on the market with separate...

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Semiautomatic stretch wrapper system has simplified film threading - TheFabricator.com

Semiautomatic stretch wrapper system has simplified film threading

April 25, 2011

Combi Packaging Systems LLC offers the SW-10 stretch wrapper. The semiautomatic machine features basic components and no formal installation requirements. The pallet wrapper's manual mechanical core braking film tensioning system simplifies threading of the film. The simple control panel and...

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Steel drills, taps designed for maintenance, construction, industrial markets

April 25, 2011

Greenfield Industries has introduced the Cle-Force™ line of high-speed steel drills and taps for the maintenance, construction, and industrial markets. Available in many sizes, including metric, the line includes general-purpose and heavy-duty drills in a variety of lengths and styles, including...

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Tool deburrs parts on punch press

April 25, 2011

Wilson has introduced a tool that deburrs parts on the punch press. Available for TRUMPF® or thick-turret-style punch presses, the tool coins a small chamfer on the cut edge to deburr straight lines or arcs, including acute angles and very small radii. The ball assembly design helps reduce setup...

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